The Adontenhene of the Peki State and acting President of the Peki Traditional Area Torgbe Ayim Mordey VI has denied reports that the Chiefs of Peki endorsed the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo.
At a durbar of Chiefs and people of Peki in Avetile as part of the Chief of Staff Mr Julius Debrah’s campaign tour of the Volta region, the chief minced no words in denying the claim.
He was reacting to news that the Gyasehene of the Peki Traditional area in the Volta region, Togbui Takon Tutu Brempong has reportedly thrown his weight behind the three-time presidential candidate of the main opposition party.
Torgbe Mordey VI said: “Regarding the visit of the flag bearer of the NPP it has been carried on a news item on myjoyonline.com that the chief of Peki endorsed NPP. In fact I want to take this opportunity to let the people understand that was never done. The individual involved in this occasion is going to be called and sanctioned for this misconduct. So I want to make you understand that there was no such endorsements by Peki chiefs.”
According to the NPP, the feeling in the NDC ‘World Bank’ shows “change is coming” however the traditional leaders have given a clear indication they are “solidly behind the ruling government.”
The statement attracted a huge applause from the audience indicating that the earlier said endorsement was not representative of the Peki people’s wish.
Recently Nana Yaw Owusu, the Mpaboahene [Sandals chief] of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II rubbished claims that 58 chiefs had endorsed Nana Addo.
The chiefs were reported to have pledged their support to Nana Addo’s candidature.
“There was no mention of party, government and president during our interaction. Nana Addo came in and gave us a request to support him to be president. When the request came after we welcomed him, we said from time immemorial the people have voted for the UP tradition which has now metamorphosed into NPP but said successive governments have neglected us,” the chief said.
They expressed confidence in the ability of the NPP flag bearer to bring development to the people in the area.